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Oceanic OC1 Dive Computer Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on Oceanic OC1 Dive Computer Review Posted in: Dive Computers, Over $500

The OC1 from Oceanic is a wristwatch style dive computer that, unlike so many wrist-mounted number crunchers, actually looks like a wristwatch and a fairly attractive one at that. The dot-matrix display uses reasonably large numbers for a real wristwatch screen, although obviously not the huge numbers one might expect from a big-and-clunky dive computer. Just like a modern digital wristwatch, the dive computer’s features are controlled by a set of buttons found around the rim, and while reviewers thought the system fairly intuitive, making full use of the computer requires some serious study of the OC 1’s manual. However, that has a lot to do with how many features are available. The dive computer has an electronic compass, air-integration and can hand Nitrox mixes of up to 100%. Divers can also switch between a liberal and a conservative diving algorithm. However, because the OC1 is so compact, the buttons might prove hard for cold water divers with thick neoprene gloves to manipulate. The Oceanic OC1 received a 4-Flag rating from LeisurePro users, and was a Sport Diver Editor’s Gear Pick for 2009. Oceanic also has a “Pioneer” version of the OC 1, which is housed in titanium and usually costs an extra $200.

Average Price:  $1,700